Research Topic Healthy Work Life Expectancy
Reference number: RPCH2017-01
Abstract

We are looking to recruit to an ESCR +3 collaborative studentship for PhD research, hosted by the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences (iPCHS) at Keele University. iPCHS is the largest and most successful Research Institute at Keele. It is dedicated to undertake research that will improve the quality of life for people with arthritis, chronic musculoskeletal pain, mental health and associated comorbidities. It hosts the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre-of-Excellence, is a current member of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research and holds the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Pioneering the early prevention and treatment of chronic pain. 91% of Keele's research in Primary Care has been judged world leading or internationally excellent (Ref 2014). 


The PhD Project is especially timely in the context of plans to extend working life among older age groups. With increasing emphasis on improving quality as well as quantity of life, both length and nondisabled life and total life expectancy have become useful and important indicators of population well-being and musculoskeletal health. In addition to disability free life expectancy, Healthy Work Life Expectancy (HWLE) has been proposed which provides an estimate of the number of years that adults can be working and healthy. In the United Kingdom (UK), the relationship between musculoskeletal conditions and work is demanding more attention, particularly with plans to extend working life meaning that there will be a greater number of adults with musculoskeletal conditions who are expected to remain in work. However, despite acceptance of a strong link, the reasons for work absence for adults with musculoskeletal conditions have yet to be clearly identified. Identifying the key factors and mechanisms to a reduction in HWLE will direct strategies and interventions to reduce work disability and improve quality of life. 

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Duration Available from October 2017 (3 years)
Fees Fees are provided at EU rates only, Non-EU students would be required to pay the additional oversees fees (currently £11,000pa) themselves.
Stipend Funding is available for three/four years to cover fees for PhD registration and a research studentship stipend currently £17,553 per annum for 2017-18. Non-EU students would be required to pay the balance (currently approximately £11,000 per annum) of the overseas fees themselves.
Closing date 5th May 2017

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Research Topic Temporal trends and outcomes following acute myocardial infarction; an electronic health record (EHR) database study.
Reference number: IACS 2017 - 02
Abstract

We are looking to recruit a PhD student for a study set within the fields of cardiovascular medicine and statistics, which will benefit from expertise within two research institutes at Keele University. The Keele Cardiovascular Research group is based in the Institute for Applied Clinical Sciences (IACS) and has developed close links with the institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences (iPCHS) and the Centre for Prognosis Research. The multidisciplinary team has an established track record of original research using national electronic healthcare databases and state of the art statistical methodology to study optimal treatment strategies, risk stratification and outcomes in patients with cardiovascular diseases. The Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences (iPCHS) is the largest and most successful Research Institute at Keele. 91% of Keele’s research in Primary Care has been judged world leading or internationally excellent by the Public Health, Health Services Research, and Primary Care assessment panel of the 2014 Universities UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF).  


We are looking to recruit a PhD student to work on the following project:


Temporal trends and outcomes following acute myocardial infarction; an electronic health record database study. The aim of this funded PhD is to use high quality electronic healthcare data to study temporal trends, clinical outcomes and complications following acute myocardial infarction (AMI) over a 25-year period using national in-hospital data derived from the United States. The specific objectives are to describe temporal and regional trends in patient risk factor and comorbidity profiles, as well as treatments and clinical outcomes following AMI. The student will develop statistical models to identify which risk factors have contributed importantly to observed temporal changes, and heterogeneity in patient outcomes following AMI. Furthermore, the PhD aims to study temporal trends in complications following treatment of AMI, using statistical models to define how their nature has changed over time and to identify and predict the risk of patient subgroups sustaining such complications. Methodology research will form an important part of the studentship, in terms of the development and evaluation of statistical methods for analysing big data for prognosis research, and the impact of heterogeneity on prediction models.


For an informal discussion or to arrange a visit, please contact Lead Supervisor Professor Mamas Mamas (mamasmamas1@yahoo.co.uk), and Co Supervisor Joie Ensor (j.ensor@keele.ac.uk) and advisor Professor Richard Riley (r.riley@keele.ac.uk).


Applicants should have a good first degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline. A Masters degree in a statistical discipline is desirable. Funding is available for three years to cover fees for PhD registration currently (2016/17 home/EU rates: £4,121pa) and a research studentship stipend of currently £14,057 per annum for 2016/17. Non-EU students would be required to pay the balance (currently approximately £8,000 per annum) of the overseas fees themselves).

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Duration 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time. Available from September 2017.
Fees All fees paid at current UK/EU rates, for three years only.

Fees provided at EU rates only, Non-EU students would be required to pay the additional overseas fees themselves. Fees will only be paid for three years full time or six years part time


Stipend Stipend paid at current Research Council rates (2017/8 stipend £14,553 per annum). for three years full time.
Closing date 18th April 2017

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Research Topic Interaction of viral proteins with host proteins
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-04
Abstract

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Duration 3 years.
Fees 100% UK/EU Tuition fees for 3 years commencing academic year 2017/18.
Stipend Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates (2017/8 stipend £14,553 per annum). Funding for consumables and conference attendance is available.
Closing date 18th April 2017

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Research Topic Design, chemical synthesis and evaluation of novel nucleoside analogues
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-02
Abstract

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Duration 3 years.
Fees 100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years. Non-UK/EU students would be required to pay the additional overseas fees themselves.

Stipend Research Council rates for 3 years commencing academic year 2017/18. Stipend for 2017/8 £14553 per annum.
Closing date 31 March 2017 in the first instance. Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter.

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Research Topic Investigate the effect of sequestration of Plasmodium falciparum-infected red blood cells on endothelial cells and astrocytes of the blood brain barrier, in cerebral malaria
Reference number: FNS GS 2016-09
Abstract

Applications are invited for a self-funded 3-year PhD studentship.  This study will investigate changes in human brain endothelial cells and astrocytes in response to PRBC cytoadherence and mechanisms involved in mediating these changes.  These studies will be performed using human brain microvascular endothelial cells (HBEC) and human astrocytes grown in tandem in an in vitro co-culture model, using an advanced model of the blood brain barrier (BBB).

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Duration 3 years
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Stipend None - please see advert
Closing date 8 August 2017

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Research Topic Smartphone Sensing System for Health Management and Autoinjector Training
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-03
Abstract

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Duration 3 years.
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only.
Stipend Open to fully self-funded students only.

Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research. There is a future possibility of competitive scholarship awards for outstanding applicants (1st class honours), however, none are currently available.
For information regarding University tuition fees and living costs please see http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/ and
http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/livingcosts/

Closing date 31st August 2017

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